Working with green fingers

Youngsters at Todmorden C of E School's gardening club prepare a raised bed before planting vegetable seeds
Youngsters at Todmorden C of E School's gardening club prepare a raised bed before planting vegetable seeds

CHILDREN have been using their green fingers in a series of gardening projects.

Youngsters in Todmorden C of E School’s gardening club have been planting peas, tomatoes and pepper plants in raised beds in the graveyard next to the school building.

They have also been growing different varieties of potatoes at home and at school and will have a tasting competition later in the year to see which type they think is the best.

Sharon Kershaw, who runs the gardening club with helper Gerald Williams, said although planting can seem a bit boring for children because it takes a long time for a result, the pupils are really enjoying the activities.

“We made space for the children to do gardening as not many of them have gardens at home,” she said.

“It’s taking the classroom outdoors.

“We make the best of the space we have.”

At Ferney Lee School parents, grandparents and other family members dug in to give children a head start on a project to grow fruit and vegetables.

Relatives of pupils prepared some planting beds in the school’s wild garden so the children could start to grow produce.

Jenny Coleman, who has two grandchildren at the school, said: “The beds were looking a bit sad and full of weeds.

“We turned over the soil, weeded them and gave the children a head start on their growing.

“It’s the first time we have done it this year but hopefully it’s the sort of thing that we can continue.”